Chapter 1. Overview

  1. Charles K. Erdey Formerly Adjunct Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470168042.ch1

Earthquake Engineering: Application to Design

Earthquake Engineering: Application to Design

How to Cite

Erdey, C. K. (2006) Overview, in Earthquake Engineering: Application to Design, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470168042.ch1

Author Information

  1. Northern Arizona University, California State University Long Beach, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2007
  2. Published Print: 20 DEC 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470048436

Online ISBN: 9780470168042



  • earthquake sources;
  • 1994 Northridge earthquake;
  • earthquake magnitude;
  • overall and component failure;
  • component failure and structural element failure


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Concepts, Terminology, and Source of Earthquakes

  • Wave Propagation and Velocities

  • Magnitude of Earthquakes

  • Building Damage

  • Structural Failures: Overall Failure

  • Component or Joint Failure

  • Code Design Forces: Reserve Strength to Counter Extreme Forces